Current M5 News

NSW Auditor General Reviews Sydney West Connex

Photo source: DailyTelegraph.com.au

Photo source: DailyTelegraph.com.au

The Commonwealth Auditor-General is planning to review federal funding for what has become a very controversial road project, WestConnex in Sydney.

The multi-billion dollar project will widen and extend the M4 and M5 motorways and link them via the Haberfield and St Peters tunnels in Sydney’s inner west.

Originally the price tag for construction was $11billion under 2012 estimates but by 2015 the price tag ballooned to$16.8 billion to fast-track the project, with significant enhancements added.

The federal government has pledged $3.5billion in funding including a $2 billion concessional loan. The state government has promised up to $1.8billion towards the project.

An audit was requested by Transport Minister Anthony Albanese which was confirmed by Acting Auditor-General Rona Mellor in letter to the minister.  Find out more: https://sourceable.net/nsw-auditor-general-to-review-syd-westconnex/

Key Features of the New M5

Photo source: DailyTelegraph.com.au

Photo source: DailyTelegraph.com.au

The Planning Minister Rob Stokes announced new projects for the M5 with key features including,

  1. 9Km of new motorway Tunnels, line-marked for 2 traffic lanes in each direction, if required space for 3 lanes in the future.
  2. Widening and re-aligning the existing M5 East Motorway just east of King Georges Road
  3. A new interchange at St Peters and 2 road bridges across Alexandra Canal
  4. Streets upgrades around St Peters Interchange
  5. About 14 km of new and upgraded shared, pedestrian and cycle paths.
  6. New bridges across Alexandra Canal and Campbell Road, St Peters.
  7. Taller, wider and less steep tunnels than the existing M5 East resulting in a smoother ride for motorists, reducing emissions and improving air quality outcomes.

Find out more at http://www.urbanalyst.com/in-the-news/new-south-wales/3977-nsw-planning-minister-approves-the-westconnex-new-m5-project.html

NSW Planning Minister approves the WestConnex New M5 Project

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Rob Stokes, the NSW Planning Minister has announced approval of a plan for the WestConnex New M5 project.

The latest project will link the upgraded King Georges Road Interchange on the M5 East Motorway at Beverley Hills and run via twin tunnels to St Peters.

The community’s concerns regarding open public space, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure and the environment have been taken into consideration with a series of conditions set out by the minister.

The government says the new project will reduce congestion, improve travel times and traffic safety.

Source: http://www.urbanalyst.com/in-the-news/new-south-wales/3977-nsw-planning-minister-approves-the-westconnex-new-m5-project.html

M5 South-West Motorway Saving Road-users Time

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M5 Prior to expansion.

The M5 South-West Motorway was opened in August 1992 and a widening project began in June 2012. This project was completed in December 2014 and has since been saving road-users time in traffic.

The stretch spans 22km of Sydney’s south west from Prestons to Beverley Hills and according to authorities the addition of a lane in each direction has provided even better driving times and made travelling more reliable. It has even resulted in a safer trip, they claim.

This section of the motorway was developed by Interlink Roads and is operated by them until the end of their lease on 10 December 2026.

Source: https://www.m5motorway.com.au/about-m5